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Getting to know the friendly Cuban people and its traditional cities is as wonderful as experiencing the expansive beaches, wildlife reserves, and National Parks. On our small ship cruises to Cuba, get exclusive access to places & people where large cruise ships can't access. Choose from the Variety VoyagerLe Ponant, Panorama I or II and the Hebridean Sky. In Cienfuegos, colonial architecture is a backdrop for a culture that comes to life with music & celebration. Few cities can beat Cienfuegos' culture & colonial architecture, but the capital of Havana manages to pull it off. On the beaches, you'll have plenty of time to relax in the sun or snorkel and kayak through the crystal clear waters along the diverse coral reefs of the Caribbean. Contact us for expert advice on which cruise is perfect for your needs. 

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Adventure Life offers both cruises and land-based itineraries in Cuba, perfect for families, couples, or solo explorers simply hoping to learn more about a naturally beautiful Caribbean island with an important history and culture.
  • Cienfuegos - In addition to being a port of entry or departure for many cruises, this town is a historical UNESCO Heritage site where you can witness the distinct French neoclassical architecture and enjoy the vibrant culture.
  • Havana - The capital city of Cuba mixes baroque and neoclassical architecture in its old town design, highlighted by vintage American cars and the house of 20th century writer Ernest Hemingway. Here, the culture and history of Cuba - especially its revolution - come alive in every tour. 
  • Casilda - In this well preserved city, you'll visit the Romantic Museum, Palacio Cantero, the Trinidad General Municipal Museum, and the studio of wood-carver Lazaro Niebla
  • Bay of Pigs - Famous as the site of the failed 1961 US invasion of Cuba, this stop combines history and wildlife, with its location in the bird & wildlife-rich Zapata Swamp National Park.
  • Isla de Juventud - A pristine natural beach in the Parque Nacional Marino de Punta Frances Punta Pedernales, perfect for relaxing, sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling.
  • Maria La Gorda - Guanahacabibes National Park is headquartered here, making it a fantastic wildlife destination in addition to offering travelers a chance to get to know local school children and learn a bit more about the Cuban culture and society. Hundreds of archaeological sites also dot the surrounding areas. 
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  • Bay of Pigs - Kayaking here offers a different, more active way to learn about the history of this significant location.
  • Laguna Guanaroca - The lagoon is surrounded by mangroves and is home to over 170 species of birds, including a colony of pink flamingos and the tocororo or Cuban trogan.
  • Rio Guourabo - From here, you can visit the place where Hernan Cortez landed in the 1500s, observe birds, and see Trinidad in the hills above.
  • Zapata Peninsula - This site gives exclusive access to an expansive wildlife reserve, where you can see thousands of species, including healthy populations of flamingos.
  • Bay of Cienfuegos - Considered Cuba's "Pearl of the South," this town features Creole architecture and French flair due to French settlements here in the 1800s.
  • Bay of Puerto Padre - This small fishing village was the home to jazz musicians Emiliano Salvador and Juan Pablo Torres.
  • Gibara Bay - Seemingly untouched by tourism, this isolated area features healthy mangrove colonies.
  • Cayo Saetia - In Bahia de Nipe, this wildlife reserve is home to 19 introduced species of exotic animals including zebras, camels, antelopes, ostrich, buffalo, wild boar, and peacocks.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Cuba

Do I need a visa to travel to Cuba?
Travel to Cuba is heavily regulated by both Cuba and the United States, but we will help you every step of the way, upon request. We'll make sure you understand how to get the necessary permissions for your Cuban vacation.

Is tipping customary in Cuba?
You can leave a few CUC (Cuban Convertible Pesos) for great service with housekeeping, at restaurants, or with tour guides who do an exceptional job. It's not an expectation, but it is always appreciated.

What is internet access like in Cuba?
Do not count on having a reliable internet connection while in Cuba. It's possible that you will find a hotspot, but it's not particularly common. Especially when you are in the more remote parts of the Caribbean waters, it is unlikely that you will even be within range of a signal.

Can I use my cell phone while in Cuba?
While Cuba does have Cubacel as their main cell carrier, you shouldn't rely on a SIM chip from them for high speed internet connections or international calls. It's best to simply leave everything behind and immerse yourself in the vacation.

Do I need power adapters?
Cuba generally uses the same 110v power with two flat prong outlets as the United States. 

What are the toilets like in Cuba?
Toilets in Cuba are modern western flushing toilets. But be sure to throw the waste paper in the garbage next to the toilet or the plumbing will clog.

Can I drink the water in Cuba?
While some people say that the water in Cuba is safe to drink, it's better to err on the side of caution and stick to the bottled water that is provided to you.

Are credit cards accepted in Cuba? Will I be able to find ATMs?
Unfortunately, most credit cards will not be accepted in Cuba, so your best option will be to exchange your money for the CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso). It's possible that your cards might be accepted, but you really should not count on that.

Should I purchase travel insurance?
You should definitely have travel insurance, and our partner companies offer some exclusive promotions, so be sure to go to the My Trips page to read more.

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